Best Baked Oatmeal Bars

I have been feeling like a bad mom lately. The kids keep asking “what’s for breakfast” and all I have been saying is cereal. That is not me at all. I haven’t really felt like baking either. Now school has started I need to get something that sticks to their ribs. I gotta get back to our routine. So I made these awesome, soft baked oatmeal bars!

These granola bars seem like they will hit the spot! The baked oatmeal bars have all the wholesome goodness a breakfast should have. There is a little bit of every food group in these awesome oatmeal bars. It’s like a whole bowl of oatmeal on the go. This recipe can be nut free, gluten free, dairy free and vegan. I will share with you how to adapt this recipe for whatever tastes or allergies you and your family may have.

Baked Oatmeal Bars

Baked oatmeal bars

Ingredients for Baked Oatmeal Bars:

1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 cup nuts (pumpkin seeds or pepitas for nut free)
1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, dates or prunes)
1/4 cups seeds (sunflower, flax or sesame)
1 tsp. cinnamon (use pumpkin spice for pumpkin pie bars)
1/4 cup of brown sugar for sweetness (optional)
a dash of nutmeg (my secret ingredient)
a dash of salt
1 1/4 cup milk (use dairy free option)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla (use homemade vanilla extract)

Directions how to make Baked Oatmeal Bars

Baked oatmeal bars dry ingredients

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Baked oatmeal bars wet ingredients

Next mix wet ingredient into the dry ingredients.

Baked oatmeal bars baking dish

Pour into a 9X9 in square baking dish and bake for 350 for 40 minutes. Cut into 8 bars. Store in the refrigerator once cut and enjoy.

We all love these Baked Oatmeal Bars in my family and the possibilities are endless and can be adapted to many allergies. We have made these several times using different ingredients. We have even added coconut to the top of one batch and it was delicious. At I try to make recipes that can be adapted for many uses and those with dietary restrictions and allergies.

I have used Pecans instead of pumpkin seeds, for those of us that are nuts! You can substitute any nuts for the seeds. Any dried fruit can be used for the cranberries. For traditional oatmeal flavor use raisins. Mix and match with this recipe to see what delicious flavor  combinations you can come up with. Don’t forget to stop by and share at Pounds4Pennies! 

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